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Worldwide tablet sales surged to 52m in last quarter

Published on Jan 31, 2013 11:13 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Worldwide tablet sales jumped in the fourth quarter beyond even some of the most optimistic forecasts to 52.5 million, with Android-powered devices pacing growth, a survey showed on Thursday.

The preliminary survey by business research firm IDC showed the tablet market grew 75.3 per cent year-on-year in the quarter. and rocketed 74.3 per cent from the previous quarter's total of 30.1 million.

IDC said the strongest growth came from Android, including tablets made by South Korea's Samsung and Taiwan's Asus, which makes a Google-branded Nexus tablet.

Apple remained the biggest seller, but its market share was under 50 per cent, IDC said.

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